Felix, Regina. Sedução e heroísmo: imaginação de mulher. Entre a República das Letras e a Belle Epoque (1884-1911). Mulheres, 2007.

  • Débora Ferreira Utah State University


Regina Felix’s Sedução e heroísmo: imaginação de mulher is a welcome contribution to the historiography of women’s writing in Brazil. Focusing her analysis on four narrative works, two by Maria Benedita Bormann (1853-1895) and two by Emília Bandeira de Melo (1852-1910), Felix successfully shows how Bormann’s and Melo’s literary representations capture the ongoing changes in societal gender roles, namely the process whereby middle-class Brazilian women moved from the patriarchal “casa grande” to the public sphere of the street, where work issues and political voices prevailed.
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